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Global Study on the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel & Tourism 
February 16, 2017
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March 25, 2016
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This section shares developments in tourism across the country as highlighted in the media. On clicking a Title, you can read the article online or where possible redirected to the respective website.

MTDC, Quebec Govt Sign MoU For Tourism In Lonar Lake, Kaas Plateau 
October 09, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will now get international expertise for solutions on sustainable tourism development at Lonar crater and the Kaas plateau.

Mysore Experiments In Geo-Fencing Of Tourist Spots, A First In India 
October 09, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Intelligent Transport System has come in handy for the KSRTC officials to work out details about the hop off, hop-on service. Using the satellite-based ITS project funded by the World Bank, the officials have geo-fenced the tourist places.

Satara Tourism Plan On The cards 
October 09, 2013 - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The Satara district collector has prepared a Rs 200-crore tourism development plan, covering areas such as dense forest, the Kaas plateau and a small landing facility near the Dhom dam.

Chennai Firm To Start Cruise Liner, Plans $400 Million Investment 
October 06, 2013 - www.livemint.com
Chennai-based Newport Maritime Pvt. Ltd is looking to start a cruise liner service next year, using Mumbai as a home port, to tap the Indian market where one global cruise line found it tough to do business and pulled out just 40 days after launching operations in December 2010.

Prime Tourist Spot Goes To The Dogs 
October 04, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The tourist season in Kerala has begun. But, in Fort Kochi After an hour’s walk through the streets of the heritage locale and the beach front, only four foreign tourists could be spotted, while street dogs, some with injuries on their bodies, are aplenty.

Tribals Protest Land Acquisition For Tourism Near Statue Of Unity 
October 03, 2013 - www.indianexpress.com
The 182-metre-tall Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's "Statue of Unity" in Gujarat is facing resistance from tribals living in more than 70 villages around the site near the Narmada dam where the statue is proposed to be built.

Indravarna Villagers To Protest Kevadia Land Acquisition 
October 02, 2013 - www.dnaindia.com
Residents of 70 villages will congregate at Indravarna village to protest against several issues, particularly those related to land acquisition mooted by the Kevadia Area Development Authority (KADA). The main bone of contention between the administration and the villagers is the acquisition of land from 68 villages to develop tourist facilities in the region.

World Tourism Day Celebrated 
September 27, 2013 - www.morungexpress.com
“If we don’t conserve water and if we continue to cut down our trees, we are threatening our very own survival,” said KT Thomas, Addl Director, Tourism Department on the World Tourism Day held at the Directorate of Tourism Conference Hall, Kohima on September 27.

Ering Advocates For Wildlife Conservation 
September 24, 2013 - www.sentinelassam.com
Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering has called for preservation of wildlife and forest resources in Arunachal Pradesh to help develop tourism and create employment opportunities in the sector.

Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary To Tap Ecotourism In A Big Way 
September 23, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
To win more tourist attention for the Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary, the Forest Department is planning better amenities for visitors to the picturesque forests.

Centre Approves Fund For Tourism Project 
September 08, 2013 - www.sentinelassam.com
In a major boost to the North–East tourism sector, Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi has approved Central Finance Assistance (CFA) to various tourism development projects in the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Nagaland.

Uttarakhand To Set Up Separate Authority To Regulate Kedar Yatra 
September 04, 2013 - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
With the June calamity extensively damaging infrastructure in Kedar valley, Uttarakhand government has decided to constitute a Kedarnath Development Authority to regulate the annual pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrine along the lines of the Vaishnodevi yatra.

Mohandas Pai To Head Vision Group, Boost Tourism In State Minister Deshpande 
September 04, 2013 - www.deccanchronicle.com
A Vision Group, consisting of experts, will be constituted to advise the Karnataka government on developing the tourism sector in the state. The group headed by Mohandas Pai, chairman of Manipal Global Education, will help tap the huge tourism potential in the state.

‘Wildlife Tourism Must Be Linked To The Livelihood Of The Local Community’ 
August 28, 2013 - www.tehelka.com
How did your interest in hunting, turn into a passion for wildlife protection when you were in East Africa?

10 Years On, Model Fishing Village Recedes Into Shadows 
August 26, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The sound and the fury that accompanied the arrival of this quiet fishing village on the tourism map of the world via the Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village project have died down.

CAG Slams ASI's Non-Maintenance Of The Taj 
August 25, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
And all that the custodian of the India’s premium World Heritage Site (WHS), the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), had to offer by way of defence was that the task of managing the daily crowd of visitors leaves little time for it to pay attention towards the conservation of the monument.

Dasara Plans To Enhance Mysore's Green Look 
August 25, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
The MCC has started the exercise on improving the greenery of the existing parks, besides repairing and illuminating select parks and buildings with temporary lighting arrangements, at an estimated cost of Rs 25 lakh.

Ticket Sales For Goa Beach Fest To Be Trimmed 
August 18, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Sunburn Goa, tagged as India’s most vibrant electronic dance music festival, may scale down the ticket sale by 20 per cent this year, considering the traffic management issues faced by Goa Government at its venue on Candolim beach.

Lessons To Learn 
August 16, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
Nearly two months after the June 16-18 Uttarakhand calamity, which has been compounded since then by other smaller disasters, it is becoming increasingly clearer that the path ahead has broadly two courses. Firstly, the task of relief and rehabilitation has to be improved much more, particularly in terms of help reaching the remote villages and restoring the broken links of these villages.

Resorts And Homestays Killing Our Livelihoods, Say Kodagu Tribals 
August 16, 2013 - www.dnaindia.com
Driving through the hills of Kodagu district, Madikeri in particular, may present picture of serene beauty to tourists from Bangalore and elsewhere in the country. But behind the verdant magnificence that district presents are increasing environment concerns—that of resorts and homestays being constructed across natural waterways and pathways blocking access of movement for locals, and sewage from the tourist homes polluting drinking water wells.

Effect Of Uttarakhand Tragedy On Tourism 
August 16, 2013 - pib.nic.in
According to the State Government of Uttarakhand, the study undertaken by the PHD Chamber of Commerce of India (PHDCCI) reveals an estimated loss to the economy of about Rs.12,000 Crore. Loss of Government tourism properties has been assessed to be approximately Rs.102.00 Crore. Due to lack of access to the affected areas the loss to private tourism assets has not been assessed so far.

Tribals Relocated From Tiger Reserve Face Livelihood Crisis 
August 16, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary, located around 200 kms from the state capital Raipur in Bilaspur region, was given the status of a tiger reserve in 2009 following which six villages were removed out of the core zone.

AP Tourism Plans To Launch New Cruise Package 
August 12, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The river cruise between Nagarjunasagar and Srisailam dams, a distance of about 110 km through the Nallamalla forest range, is something to cherish.

Why Is ‘Incredible India’ Such A Poor Show? 
August 10, 2013 - www.tehelka.com
India is spectacular. This fact has been impressed upon the world for a decade now by the slick ‘Incredible India’ advertising campaign.

Visa On Arrival For Tourists At Hyderabad From Aug 15 
August 10, 2013 - www.tehelka.com
The immigration officials will issue tourist visa on arrival with a maximum validity of 30 days to citizens of 11 countries -- Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar and Indonesia.

Joint Development Of Tourist Amenities At Amritsar & Rai Bareilli, Trivandrum, Gaya And Agra Cantt Railway Stations 
August 01, 2013 - pib.nic.in
Ministry of Tourism has undertaken joint development of tourist amenities at Amritsar & Rai Bareilli, Trivandrum, Gaya and Agra Cantt Railway Stations in association with Ministry of Railways.

Rationalise Taxes, Tourism Ministry Tells States 
July 29, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
At a recent meeting here, the Ministry requested all the state governments to review their tax regime and rationalize it, saying the multiplicity of taxes was one of the “major bottlenecks” in achieving the full potential of the sector.

Industrial Houses To Help Spruce Up Tourist Destinations 
July 29, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Limited recently adopted Taj Mahal in Agra as part of their corporate social responsibility to upkeep the environs of the heritage site and upgrade tourist facilities at the monument under the Clean India Campaign of the Ministry.

Gujarat Expected To See 20% Jump In Tourists 
July 28, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL) has said the number of tourists travelling to Gujarat is expected to grow 20 per cent during 2013-14.

Exclusion Of Ex-Dean From Panel Adds To Seaplane Row 
July 26, 2013 - newindianexpress.com
Trade unions representing fish workers have protested that the state government failed to honour the commitment that K S Purushan, former dean, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) will be included in the expert committee constituted to study the controversies related to the much celebrated seaplane project.

Rock Garden Project At Lalbagh Shelved 
July 25, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
In a written reply to Congress legislator N A Haris in the Legislative Assembly, Horticulture Minister Shamanur Shivashankarappa said the projects have been shelved. 

Six Get Life Term In Swiss Woman Gang-Rape Case 
July 25, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
Pronouncing the judgement, Additional District Judge Jitendra Sharma also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on each of the convicts.

Karnataka Government Allots Fund To Develop Nandi Hills 
July 25, 2013 - www.dnaindia.com
Nandi Hills, the closest tourist destination for Bangaloreans, is all set to have improved infrastructure, with the government making a comprehensive plan in this regard.

Domestic Tourism Increases By More Than Nineteen Percent During 2012 
July 23, 2013 - pib.nic.in
The number of domestic tourist visits (DTVs) to States/UTs registered an increase of 19.87% during the year 2012 over 2011 as compared to an increase of 15.6% in 2011 over 2010. According to the latest statistics on tourism in India released by Ministry of Tourism here today during the year 2012, the number of domestic tourist visits to the States/ UTs was 1036 million as compared to 865 million in 2011 and 748 million in 2010.

Taj Mahal To Be Adopted Under Campaign Clean India Under Ministry Of Tourism 
July 23, 2013 - pib.nic.in
The Campaign Clean India will be extended to cover the World Heritage Site, Taj Mahal which would be adopted by ONGC in the presence of Shri K Chiranjeevi, Union Minister for Tourism at a function to be held tomorrow at Agra.

Adventure Near Waterfalls Unsafe 
July 19, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
Thousands of tourists throng Bharachukki falls in the district everyday to have a glimpse of the falls in all its glory. But, lack of safety and negligence by the authorities concerned has caused 107 deaths since 2006.

BIA is Now Kempegowda International Airport 
July 19, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
The Bangalore airport is the fifth-busiest such facility in the country, built over an area of 4,000 acres.

Char Dham to be Reconstructed in Much Better Way Chiranjeevi 
July 19, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
Speaking at the sidelines of the tourism ministers' conference, he said Char Dham would be reconstructed in a "much better way" so that if such unforeseeable calamity occurs again, its adverse impact could be minimised.

Foreigner Molested In Kolkata 
July 19, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
Earlier, on March 25, a 20-year-old South Korean girl, a student in the city, was molested at around 7 am in a public transport bus when she was travelling to Howrah station.

'I Respect Women' Badges For Tour Operators, Guides 
July 19, 2013 - www.deccanherald.com
The aim, Tourism Ministry officials say, is to show that majority of people here do not support crime against women so that it inspires confidence among foreign visitors.

Chiranjeevi Calls for Setting up of Tourist Police in States National Conference of State Tourism Ministers inaugurated 
July 18, 2013 - pib.nic.in
ion Tourism Minister Shri K.Chiranjeevi has urged the State Governments and UTs to enact the cadre of Tourist Police in one form or other. Inaugurating the day long National Conference of State Tourism Ministers here today he said this can be done either by borrowing some companies from the Police Department or hiring ex-servicemen or home guards.

National Conference of State Tourism Ministers Held 
July 18, 2013 - pib.nic.in
A National Tourism Ministers’ Conference was held here today to discuss the future strategies for realising the full tourism potential of the country. The Conference was chaired by Union Tourism Minister Shri K. Chiranjeevi. State and Union Territory Tourism Authorities were represented in the conference either through their Tourism Ministers and/ or senior officials.

Karnataka Initiative To Promote Tourism 
July 17, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Karnataka government has appointed consultants in each district to identify tourism potential and promote the sector, Tourism and Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande said today.

Tour Operators Bet Big On Luxury Domestic Travel 
July 16, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Enjoying the sunset on a private yacht or hopping on a heli-taxi service to some of the lesser-known pockets of the country, Indian travellers are seeking to explore the most exquisite travel ideas.

Illegal Constructions A Threat To Reservoir 
July 15, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The mushrooming growth of private tourist resorts in the water belt areas of Karapuzha Reservoir in Kerala is posing a serious threat to the existence of the multipurpose reservoir.

Nod For Tourism Project In Idukki 
July 14, 2013 - www.thehindu.com
The tourism department has given green signal for a Rs.25 crore-project in the district for infrastructure development of tourism centres. The major chunk of the amount will for developing Thekkady with the focus on ecological sustainability. An amount of Rs. 20.4 crore has been earmarked for it.

Increasing Sexual Assaults Are A Huge Concern For Tourists Oz Envoy Cautions India 
July 12, 2013 - indiatoday.intoday.in
The media coverage of rape incidents in India has caused "some anxiety" among Australian women who plan to travel to India, Patrick Suckling, Australian High Commissioner to India, said on Friday.

Cox & Kings Bets Big On Education Travel 
July 11, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Travel company Cox & Kings is set to roll out its education travel concept in India after it acquired UK-based education and activity travel group Holidaybreak in 2011. Despite the currency fluctuations, Peter Kerkar, Director of Cox & Kings, is bullish on Indian outbound travel growth.

Hotels In Maharashtra To Be Exempt From Luxury Tax 
July 11, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The Tourism Department of Maharashtra plans to provide exemption from luxury and entertainment tax to hotels and tourist facilities that have come up since 2006. Across the State, 188 hotels are to gain with this decision.

Wayanad Set For Monsoon Tourism Fest 
July 11, 2013 - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Splash, a three-day ‘monsoon tourism carnival’ that aims to sell Wayanad as a major monsoon tourism destination in the country, will begin at Kalpetta on Saturday.

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